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Solid waste services

Solid waste services

The City of Ottawa, by way of provincial legislation, is responsible for the collection of blue and black box recyclables, green bin organics, leaf and yard waste, garbage, and bulky items from approximately 291,000 single family homes and 1,685 multi-residential buildings. Although the City has no statutory role to play in waste collection and diversion from the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector, some of these services are also provided to approximately 260 City-owned facilities, 470 small businesses through the City’s Yellow Bag program, and approximately 240 schools with green bin collection through the City’s Green Bins in Schools program

Residential garbage collection costs are recovered through a flat-fee set annually based on a full cost recovery model. Residents will continue to see an increase to solid waste collection fees. The fee increases in 2020 and 2021 mirror the new solid waste collection contracts that were competitively tendered and recently awarded. The previous contract was awarded in 2012 and expired mid 2020. The costs for the new contracts reflect changes in market conditions since 2012, such as increased labour costs and higher equipment, maintenance and fuel costs. Furthermore, Multi-Residential services will see an enhancement in services, including the collection of bulky (large) items, green bins, and the introduction of garbage carts.

In 2021, the rate for curbside collection services is $106 per residential household per year while the collection services for multi-residential buildings is $71.50 per unit per year.

For the remainder of the term of the contract, solid waste collection rates are projected to increase annually at the average rate of inflation.

For more information on solid waste, refer to Solid Waste Management Services.